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Pay it Forward
December 13, 2016 9:20 AM by Leatitia Coetzee
SOS Children's Villages South Africa builds families for children in need and in doing so, we help them shape their own futures. We have cared for over 24,000 children since the opening of our first village in 1982. I have the privilege to be a sponsor Read More...
The Language of Nursing
April 7, 2014 8:08 AM by Mia Ross
As a nurse, I’ve grown accustomed to asking the difficult questions. It wasn’t always easy. When I first began my career, I thought my well-honed social skills would be enough for me to connect with patients. I thought my charming smile and eloquent style Read More...
It's Not Personal
February 26, 2014 7:53 AM by Mia Ross
I just listened to a fascinating talk at regarding social intuitions. The ultimate conclusion: our social reactions, especially in difficult situations, are not well constructed. As I always do, I tried to connect this idea with nursing and was Read More...
Did I Take My Meds Today?
January 22, 2014 11:40 AM by Mia Ross
There was an article in my inbox this week regarding “The Noncompliance Epidemic.” It was no surprise to me to read that the vast majority of patients do not take their medications as prescribed (>75% is one survey of 1000 patients). Although over Read More...
Resolutions for a New Nurse
December 30, 2013 2:14 PM by Mia Ross
I must be honest: I’m not too fond of New Year’s resolutions. They’re too heavy to carry for 365 days. There is too much pressure to resolve the many things that we all could do better. Instead, I like to think of the New Year as a time to go inward, Read More...
National Anxiety Disorder
July 15, 2013 5:23 PM by Mia Ross
I spent an afternoon in the PACU at my hospital a few weeks ago and there’s been a nagging pain in my heart ever since. That day, we had an influx of young female patients: average age around 25, healthy, scheduled for smaller-scale orthopedic surgeries. Read More...
The Art of Listening
May 13, 2013 8:13 AM by Mia Ross
I learned a valuable lesson at work last week. As an orthopedic operating room (OR) nurse, my manager constantly has to remind me that we have schedule to keep. I’ve only been working for a few months, but I’ve already been asked the question, “What was Read More...
Being the Nurse Your Patient Wants and Needs You to Be
April 22, 2013 3:50 PM by Frank Visco
Generally speaking, I try to be a friendly conversationalist when taking care of patients. I’m a big believer in the personal touch nurse’s can add at the point of care, so I do my best to make connections while providing nursing services. Most patients Read More...
Altering Perspectives on Psychiatric Patients
October 17, 2012 1:57 PM by Frank Visco
I finished my psych rotation this past weekend, and in a few days I'll be rolling right into pediatrics. I'm excited to work with kids, and my experiences there will undoubtedly be the focus of my next several blog updates. However, this week, I'd like Read More...
Confidence in an Emergency
August 7, 2012 10:38 AM by Alexandra Cosan
As of late, I have definitely been feeling more confident in my care. I do not know if it was the whole milestone "one year" idea that really helped it set in, but confidence was upon me. This was truly solidified when I recently had an emergency situation Read More...
Caring for Dementia Patients
July 27, 2012 4:29 PM by Frank Visco
I’ve been working on a geriatric floor this semester, and although it provides diverse all-purpose care, many of my patients have had one common element -- dementia. Dementia is never what actually brings my patients into the hospital. Instead, the admitting Read More...
Patient Satisfaction: The New Driving Force
May 14, 2012 5:37 PM by Alexandra Cosan
Our roles as nurses has always been multi dimensional. We do not simply administer medications, perform wound care, etc. We provide emotional support, we advocate, we clean both the patient and the patient's room at times, we encourage, we assist with Read More...
The Value of CNA's
March 30, 2012 6:37 PM by Alexandra Cosan
A nearby city hospital's recent implementation of an RN centered model of patient care, thereby eventually eliminating CNA's, is certainly a thought-provoking topic. The fact that this hospital's decision to implement such a plan was based on research Read More...
Reducing Medical Errors
February 10, 2012 9:05 PM by Frank Visco
During a recent stay in the hospital, one of my family members acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). When learning about the medication my relative needs to take as a result, I found myself in a state of shock. Not because he has Read More...
Continuity of Care and Nurse Burn Out
January 13, 2012 12:34 PM by Alexandra Cosan
On my floor, we often have a patient or two at any given time that end up staying on the floor for more than two weeks. Because we are a thoracic surgical floor the situation is typically that the patient had an elective surgery and it was followed by Read More...


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